A Worthwhile Timesuck

I spend way too much time on Twitter. I’ve never attempted to figure out exactly how many hours a week that I’m on the platform because it would be impossible, frightening, and probably wouldn’t change my behavior. I already knew this, but it really crystalized for me while reading Cal Newport’s Deep Work. A few of the quotes from the book:

“To simply wait and be bored has become a novel experience in modern life.”

“Once you’re wired for distraction, you crave it.”

“They’re suckers for irrelevancy. They just can’t keep on task.”

The book inspired me to take an internet sabbath on Saturday, which I’m very much looking forward to.

Twitter is both a huge waste of time and a huge source of inspiration. For example, the thread below from Jermiah Lowin is absolutely brilliant. I’ve never heard of wrong-way-risk, and to have access to minds like this makes Twitter a worthwhile time suck.

This probably should have been a tweet, but leave me alone, I’m trying to work through my problems.

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